Garnier Color Styler: First Impressions

Being the sucker consumer that I am, anything shiny and new will catch my attention.

You see, I have a condition they call “FOMO”…..which is short for Fear of Missing Out. Its a horrible condition, really. It makes you buy things and do things you may not necessarily do because you don’t want to miss out on anything that could potentially be AWESOME!!! Don’t judge. I’m working on this issue…I have to, for my wallet’s sake. :/

Anywho, I saw the Garnier Color Styler in a few YouTube videos and NEEDED to have it…like ASAP! So after watching the videos at 7 in the morning… I ran out and bought it at my local Shoppers before work one day.

The product is advertised as a fun temporary color that lasts 2-3 washes (and since I hardly ever wash my hair….IT WILL LAST FOREVER!!!! Mwahahahaha) I believe it comes in five different, vibrant shades ( Blue, pink, purple, red and gold?) …..I was most intrigued by the Blue and purple colors.

In the videos, I couldn’t get over the fact at how dark the girl’s hair was and how bright the actual Color Styler came out! Me, being a super chicken shit with doing anything drastic to my hair anymore ( having a short bob for years, shaving half my head and losing hair from trying to lighten pieces too fast was far too traumatic) and I’m finally somewhat happy with my hair, but every once in a while I get the urge to color it fire engine red or chop it off!  So this I thought would be a nice alternative to having a meltdown if I had any more hair disasters.

Procedure :

So right off the bat, the process of applying this seemed almost too easy….I was kind of wrong.

When they say cover your shoulders with a towel….cover your whole entire bathroom and body with anything you don’t want stained because as soon as this stuff touches something, it will be a nightmare to get out.

So after covering everything, make sure your hair is dry and knot free( HA! and if your hair is anything like mine, you could only look at it the wrong way and it’ll tangle) #thickhairprobs

Put your gloves on and just start grabbing random pieces and apply the product. There is no mixing and no brush. Just apply with your hands. As much or as little as you want. I started off with two small peek-a-boo pieces behind my ears and that slowly turned into all my hair from my ears down. Oops.

You then sit and let it all dry or if you are as impatient as I am, use a hairdryer!! (Much better!) After it is completely dry, brush it out. This is also very messy. It almost became chalk like and powdery.

First impression:

Not bad…really dry though and the color wasn’t as vibrant as I’d hoped.  I braided my hair (with much struggle) and went to bed.

Next day, hair was a little softer and brighter. People definitely noticed and I was surprised at how many actually liked it. 🙂

The third day was the best! The gross dry/chalk feeling left and the color was at it’s brightest. Yey!

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Conclusion : I have washed my hair twice since I applied this. There is still a hint of purple that I think will come out in the next wash and I can live with it until then.

I did love the way this looked, but not so much on how it made my hair feel. 😦 Maybe it’s just my hair type and how tangled it can get, but this made it way worse while it was in.  Maybe if your hair was finer and softer, it would work better for you. Maybe even give your hair some texture too.  P.s. It is only $7 or so, so it is completely affordable and won’t be a huge let down if you don’t like it!

If I had to rate Garnier Color Styler, I would give it  7.5/10.

I still have quite a bit of the products left and will hopefully get around to trying it again sometime soon and in the meantime you can check my face out on the Garnier USA site!! Which I must say is really kind of awesome and flattering! 🙂

http://www.garnierusa.com/funnestgirl

 

Until next time,

-Nicole xo 🙂

 

 

Girl vs. Boy “Pretty”

The age old debate.

What Men think is pretty and what women find pretty or attractive can sometimes be a lot different or a lot alike.

I know I’ve had this conversation with a few friends of mine and we have decided that there are just some styles of clothing, hair or makeup that most men find unattractive and too far “out there” for them to even understand (Silly boys!).

I love “different” or weird things (probably because I’m little odd myself!) and I get to work in the beauty industry with all kinds of stylish people. We get to have fun and experiment with our clothes, makeup and hair! No boring cooperate suits for moi!! (not that there is anything wrong with that, just not for me 🙂 )

In the last few years from listening to guys I know and their unsolicited “opinions” , I’ve come to discover some things our male counterparts just don’t like or as I like to put it…”they just don’t ‘get’ about fashion”… Most Men like pretty, simple looks. Whether that’s a basic tee and jeans or a plain figure flaunting dress. Which by no means I don’t love too! but I’m just discussing the differences between what women and men can find attractive in women.

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Above- faux leather crop top + slouchy printed pants = my father and bf’s worst nightmare in an outfit, yet all the women at the party loved it. I looked so “hip’ and “right out of new York” as one of my grand aunts stated….funny because this did come from my New York trip! Bam! 😉 Sorry, not sorry!!!!!!!

1) Crop tops, floral headbands, huge statement jewelry, Rompers, Baggy pants, harem pants, bright patterned tights, high waisted anything(skirts,pants, etc.) . Do I love them all? Yes, Definitely! I live for rompers and anything stylish yet comfortable. But take these comments from the males in my life for instance when I’ve worn any of these items, i.e. from my father “oh, you already have your pjs on” referring to my high waisted slouchy pants from last night or as Steve likes to fondly call my bright tights when I wear them “my wrestling pants” or “macho-man tights”…pfttt, but what do they know anyway!?!? 😦

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2)Makeup- Now men “think” (yes, I know, I had no idea that men had thoughts too) but they think like “natural makeup”…..or no makeup at all. And I doubt they know that the natural look takes like 25 different products to make you look like you aren’t wearing any makeup!!!!!! wtf!? When really……

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^^^^Pretty self explanatory.

I’m not saying some men don’t like smokey eyes or crazy colored lipstick, but  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the majority are just confused when it comes to this stuff. They confuse easily, so if your man doesn’t like these things, try and tone it down a little bit. Or if you’re anything like me, wear it anyway!! LOL 😉

Oh! and don’t forget those fake lashes and nails……men love those……………………..

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3) Hair- I know tons of ladies that cut their hair off right after their wedding and after the long process of growing it out to wear it in a updo for their big day. I also know tons of ladies that have beautiful faces that are just emphasized by shorter dos. However, men are hardwired to like long luscious locks. Something to do with finding an “ideal” mate and fertility or whatever. Its programmed into them since the stone age and probably will never change. But if you want to hack your hair off, which I have done numerous times throughout my life, Do it! Hair grows and you don’t judge your men for his mismatched socks and scruff on his face, so he shouldn’t say anything but “that looks nice, dear!”

Hair color is another touchy subject. I’d say the majority of men like “natural” colored hair. No crazy purples, reds or blues.  Personally, I love that stuff and if you can be confident and pull it off, that’s awesome!

Conclusion-

I think if a woman likes something and its not the norm, wear it anyway. Fashion and makeup are supposed to be fun and reflect everyone’s individual tastes. This also applies to men. If you look back at pictures of yourself and say “ew, I hate what I wore” or “what was I thinking with that hair cut”…least you have something to laugh at when your 90. No bodies perfect.

-Nicole xo 🙂

P.s.

Now all this being said, In my case I may be biased because I live in a small town. With a community where anything “really different” is judged. By men AND women alike. I know in bigger cities, it’s no biggie to have crazy colored hair and to wear whatever the hell you want and walk down the street without awkward stares! I really wish CB would just catch up already!